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THE NOONER for December 3, 2014

 

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TURN OFF YOUR SPRINKLERS: In Midst of California’s Drought, a Rainy Day Is a Welcome Sight [Adam Nagourney @ NYT] - "This might be the only state in the nation where a rainy day — complete with blinding sheets of water, shoe-sopping flooded intersections and chalk gray skies — puts people in a good mood."

LET THERE BE A SLIGHT: State Senate leader wants to end UC scholarship program foe founded [Patrick McGrevy & Larry Gordon @ LAT]:

"State Senate leader Kevin de León proposed legislation Tuesday to help the University of California avoid tuition hikes by phasing out a middle-class scholarship program championed by a bitter political rival.

De León denied that the new plan has anything to do with differences he has had with [former speaker John A.] Pérez, who considers the scholarships a key part of his legislative legacy. In 2009, De León lost the speaker's post to Pérez and De León was stripped of his committee chairmanship and shunted off to one of the worst offices in the Capitol.

BAGHDAD BY THE BAY: S.F. Mayor Ed Lee election challengers hard to find [Matier and Ross @ SFChron] - State Sen. Mark Leno’s early exit from the mayoral sweepstakes has Mayor Ed Lee’s critics casting about for a candidate for next year’s election — but at this point, persuading someone to jump in is a hard sell. The combination of Lee’s incumbency, labor support, strong base among Asian Americans and tech backers with deep pockets — and a proven willingness to spend big cash on independent shadow campaigns — would give any candidate pause.

DRIVER'S SEAT: Brown Key to 2016 Tax Measures [Joel Fox @ Fox & Hounds] - "Pro-tax advocates will have to convince the governor they have a winning measure. Then they will push the governor to use his influence with the business community to hold fire on whichever measure – or measures – moves forward. This is particularly true with the major tax issues, less so with so called sin taxes on proscribed goods or services such as the tax on cigarettes."

UBER GOOD ARTICLE: Uber.gov [Blake Ross @ Medium] - "Flying to Vegas? Look to your left. Now look to your right. Statistically speaking, one of you is about to get ripped off by a cabbie. And it'll probably be you, the imbecile who chose the middle seat and paid $15 for plane wifi. Taxi scams are nothing new, but here's something novel: The Nevada state government is out-innovating Uber in attacking these scofflaws.

WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRENEMIES: A Pelosi bailout? [Jake Sherman & John Bresnehan @ Politico] - "The government will shut down in just eight days unless Congress acts, and Republican lawmakers and aides in and around leadership fear their two-step government-funding plan cannot pass without help — from Nancy Pelosi."

HEADLINE DU JOUR:  About 100 brains missing from University of Texas [USA Today]

#CAKEDAY: Light those candles for Michael Mendez, Brian Micek, Leon Page, and Don Wagner!

  


 

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TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
State Senate Leader Wants To End UC Scholarship Program Foe Founded
latimes.com
SACRAMENTO — State Senate leader Kevin de León proposed legislation Tuesday to help the University of California avoid tuition hikes by phasing out a middle-class scholarship program championed by a bitter political rival.

S.F. Mayor Ed Lee election challengers hard to find
Matier and Ross @
sfgate.com
State Sen. Mark Leno’s early exit from the mayoral sweepstakes has Mayor Ed Lee’s critics casting about for a candidate for next year’s election — but at this point, persuading someone to jump in is a hard sell. The combination of Lee’s incumbency, labor support, strong base among Asian Americans and tech backers with deep pockets — and a proven willingness to spend big cash on independent shadow campaigns — would give any candidate pause.

Brown Key To 2016 Tax Measures :: Fox&hounds
foxandhoundsdaily.com
With the 2014 election finally over, attention is turned to possible tax measures on the 2016 ballot. I previously wrote about groups looking to raise taxes on commercial property, oil extraction, cigarettes, and extending or making permanent the income tax piece of Proposition 30. Marc Lifsher covered similar ground in the Los Angeles Times over the weekend. The Public Policy Institute of California released a poll last night that asked voters about some of the possible tax increases they could face on the ballot.

As New Legislature Begins, Speaker Atkins Takes Aim At UC Tuition
latimes.com
Amid the feel-good proceedings of the Legislature's swearing-in ceremony, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins sent a clear signal Monday of a brewing policy showdown: the proposed University of California tuition hikes.

Lawmakers Push For Changes To Higher Education
By JUDY LIN @
sacbee.com
Gov. Jerry Brown isn't expected to release his new budget until next month but higher education has already emerged as a contentious topic with legislators introducing competing plans to avoid tuition increases at the University of California and make college more accessible.

John Boehner Suggests Leaving Immigration Out Of 2015 Budget Talks
latimes.com
Hoping to prevent a government shutdown by opponents of President Obama 's immigration plan, House Speaker John A. Boehner floated a proposal Tuesday for funding most of the government — but not the immigration agencies — through the end of the 2015 fiscal year.

General Election 2014: Lowest voter turnout in CA history could yield record number of ballot measures in 2016
calnewsroom.com
Of the state's 38 million residents, just 7.5 million registered voters cast their ballots. That comes out to one in five people deciding who will lead the largest state in the nation for the next four years.

UC Berkeley Free Speech Movement At 50: Tuition Protest Planned
latimes.com
Fifty years to the day that the Free Speech Movement peaked with hundreds of arrests at UC Berkeley , students are set to occupy the university plaza.

Call For Suspension Of Crude-by-Rail Shipments After Feather River Derailment
Dan Brekke @
ww2.kqed.org
A prominent critic of the state’s readiness to respond to potential crude-by-rail accidents wants Gov. Jerry Brown to impose a moratorium on oil trains traveling through Northern California’s Feather River Canyon and more than a dozen other sections of railroad throughout the state.

Special Elections Loom For California Senate | The Sacramento Bee
sacbee.com
A day after terming out of the Assembly, Compton Democrat Isadore Hall returned to Sacramento on Monday, sitting in the back of the Senate chambers and then hitting the town to mix it up with past colleagues and interest group representatives.

Latino voters strongly support Obama immigration action, poll finds

President Obama's decisions on immigration last week have angered Republicans, but have drawn strong support from a key audience, Latino voters, according to a new survey.

California, Investors Square Off Over $2.3b Sale
By SUDHIN THANAWALA @
sacbee.com
The State of California and a group of private investors accused each other at a trial Tuesday of breaking an agreement over a $2.3 billion plan to sell 11 state properties and have the state lease them back.

Boehner floats plan to fight Obama on immigration, avert shutdown

Hoping to prevent a government shutdown by GOP opponents of President Obama's immigration plan, House Speaker John A. Boehner floated a proposal Tuesday that would fund most of the government -- but not the immigration agencies -- through the end of the 2015 fiscal year.

Sen. Cannella Elected to California State Senate Committee on Rules
district12.cssrc.us
The Senate Rules Committee is responsible for day-to-day Senate operations, as well as investigating proposed amendments to the rules relating to the business of the Legislature.

Cal Refuses To Pay Berkeley Minimum Wage
Darwin BondGraham @
eastbayexpress.com
Throughout California, local governments have been implementing municipal minimum wage ordinances that raise the pay of hundreds of thousands of low-wage workers — but these laws are already running up against jurisdictional limits, leaving thousands of workers behind. For example, the City of Berkeley's decision to increase its minimum wage to $10 an hour this year and to $12.53 an hour by 2016 is being ignored by the city's largest employer: the University of California.

In Mexico, People Drinking Less Soda After New Tax | State Of Health Blog From Kqed News
Jill Replogle @
blogs.kqed.org
By Jill Replogle

Diablo Canyon At Issue As Panel Gauges Nuke Safety | The Sacramento Bee
By KEVIN FREKING AND MICHAEL R. BLOOD @
sacbee.com
With several faults nearby, federal regulators need to reassess seismic standards at California's last operating nuclear power plant and determine if its operating rules are sufficient in light of earthquake risks, says a former California state senator.

Immigration Spat Won't Decide Obamacare's Fate
latimes.com
Your contention that President Obama's immigration action might influence the justices, particularly Roberts, on an upcoming healthcare case is invalid.

Officials Increase Water Allocations As Rain Hits, Drought Persists
latimes.com
The biggest storm of the rain season is fostering optimism among state officials, who increased 2015 water allocations this week in response to improving precipitation forecasts.

Boe: Statewide Gas Consumption Rises For First Time In Eight Years | The Sacramento Bee
Mark Glover @
sacbee.com
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Republicans Attack Obama's Action On Immigration As Unconstitutional
latimes.com
President Obama ’s action on immigration represented a breach of the Constitution that will encourage more people to cross the border illegally, the chairman of a House committee said Tuesday in the latest wave of criticism of the action that Republicans call an overreach by the president.